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Global China: Technology

Learn more about Global ChinaChina aspires to global technology leadership. Can it achieve its ambitions? What would the impacts be at home and abroad?

This installment of papers for the Brookings Foreign Policy project “Global China: Assessing China’s Growing Role in the World” assesses China’s growing technological reach in the world by focusing on both thematic and technology-specific topics.

The U.S. is not prepared for the superpower marathon with China — an economic and technology race likely to last multiple generations.

As technological competition emerges as an ever more prominent element of U.S.-China rivalry, it is clear the Chinese military and defense industry have undertaken active initiatives in research, development, and experimentation around autonomous weapons.

China sees talent as central to its technological advancement and has formulated a multi-pronged strategy for growing its science and technology talent pool. In responding to China’s international talent push, however, other countries face dueling incentives.

To defend against the transfer of sensitive technical information to China, the United States and its allies will need to be targeted, collaborative, and agile in their response.

Over the past several decades, China has rapidly expanded its presence in outer space in both the civil and military arenas. Given the increasing role that China is playing in the space domain, the U.S. will need to develop a strategy that balances deterrence and cooperation with China.

Given the mutual concerns of the U.S. and China over the security of their electrical grids, there may be an opening for mutual agreement for restraint from potentially-threatening behaviors within each other’s grid networks.

It is in the security interests of democratic states, including the United States, for China to remain reliant on democracies for state-of-the-art chips.

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